CLAY BODIES

A friend posted a picture of these footed clay pots on social media, and mentioned that they were a joke in the sixties but had a six thousand year history. It got me curious so I went looking for images and found this bowl. The bowls have been excavated from cemeteries; they tip forward offering the dead water. Click on the red bowl for the pieces full history. It’s interesting and short. It’s from around 3750–3550 B.C.

These literally footed pots got me thinking of how potters reference the body when talking about a pot. Lip, shoulder, belly and foot. Glaze is the skin, clay is the body, when to pieces touch in the kiln it’s a kiss and when taken apart it’s a scare. Earth and body.